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DM-Camris' WRATH of the RIGHTEOUS Part 2: SWORD OF VALOR (table 2)

Game Master Camris

SECTION ONE: Crusader's March
Now invested with righteous mythic power, Our Heroes are tasked with their first mission. Lead an army to recapture the citadel city of Drezen, lost in the First Crusade, and the crusaders’ Relic of power!

Current Strategic Map: STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

Current Tactical Map: TACTICAL OVERVIEW


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I believe Voren and Danua are still up on the secret trail above.


Male Tiefling Hedge Witch 6/Archmage 1 | AC 15, T 12, FF 13 | hp: 51/51 | F +5, R +6, W +8 (+2 against death effects) | CMD 15 | Init +6 | Perc +1 | darkvision 60ft | SM +1 | receiving healing: +2 hit points/die rolled | giving healing: +1 point

That's right. I'm just trying to figure out how to get a message out to the main army. We may need to go back to them.


Voren and Danua are a hundred feet nearly vertically above the river plain. A weight, such as plentiful loose rock, can carry a written message down to your army below; or a shot arrow or crossbow bolt as well.


[npc]
After spotting the avalanche trap, Danua and Voren retreated back around the bend.
Voren jotted down a note reporting what they found, then Danua wrapped it around an arrow and shot it down next to your army command tent.

Stepping into the Command tent, a guard announced "Message for you sir!" and held out the arrow with the note to you.


Voren:
Glancing over the terrain approaching the avalanche trap, you got to comparing how today's dry post apocalyptic world was very different from the green and watery realm you remember.
How the river cut into the bank...
You realize that the drop off to your right had an overhang where the river once undercut it. You and Danua could possibly climb under it and move north, using it to conceal your movement and get to point blank distance from the squad guarding the trap; or at least get north of them and approach more comfortably from a very unexpected direction.


Male Tiefling Hedge Witch 6/Archmage 1 | AC 15, T 12, FF 13 | hp: 51/51 | F +5, R +6, W +8 (+2 against death effects) | CMD 15 | Init +6 | Perc +1 | darkvision 60ft | SM +1 | receiving healing: +2 hit points/die rolled | giving healing: +1 point

Sorry. I was waiting for Danua to respond to my earlier post. I could have taken the lead. Also, what that guard said is making thinking of Monty Python.

Voren looks over the riverbed again. That's when he's hit by inspiration. He turns to Danua. "Danua! Over there! The drop off on our right. It had an overhang where the river had undercut it long ago. We could climb under it and then move north, using it to conceal our movement. We could get to point blank distance from the squad guarding the trap. Or we could try and get north of them and approach them that way. It would be more comfortable and they won't expect it!"


Male Dwarf Inquisitor 06 Guardian 01 HP 71/71 | AC 21 (23) T 12 FF 20 (22) | CMB +9 CMD 12 | F+10 R+5 W+10 | Init +4 | Perc +12

Karthak patiently waits for Arthas' decision...


After consulting with the command team, Sir Aron quickly sketches out a plan for Arthas.
"To sum up sir; While holding our main body back out of sight, we send out a small squad of paladins into the middle of the floodplain in front of the old town. They are all polished, white cloaked, pennons flying, glowing with light spells, make them gem encrusted if we can.
"Then have them stop and mill about in a disorganized, militarily ineffectual manner. Like helpless puppies as much as they are able.
"Then we shout the challenge out to the demons themselves! We use magic to enhance the sound if we have it, we use the Abyssal language, and we stir them up as hard as we can!
"If done right, the demons'll go berserk, break their handlers leash and charge out at the bait. Even odds the Tieflings charge out after 'em. Then the main body of OUR army charges and we have them! Either one at a time or all together, they'll be on cavalry ground this time!
"What do you think sir?"
He asked anxiously.


Male Aasimar Ranger (Shapeshifter) 6/Champion 1;
Stats:
HP 63/63 | AC/T/FF: 18/13/15 | CMD 23 | F +7, R +8, W +3 (+2 vs. evil) | Init +3, Per +10 | Shifter's Blessing Left: 7/7 | MP: 4/5

Jokum frowns. "Fighting on our ground is certainly not a bad idea," he murmurs to Arthas. "I wish we knew what was going on up on the canyon's edge, though. 'Twould be best to be able to send some soldiers up that way."


Male Tiefling Hedge Witch 6/Archmage 1 | AC 15, T 12, FF 13 | hp: 51/51 | F +5, R +6, W +8 (+2 against death effects) | CMD 15 | Init +6 | Perc +1 | darkvision 60ft | SM +1 | receiving healing: +2 hit points/die rolled | giving healing: +1 point

I'm a bit confused. Was the message with the report that Danua and I sent read out loud to everyone in the war council?


I was leaving room for Danua or Voren to sketch out what was in the message, and leaving it for Arthas to read aloud or not (nobody has yet).


Male Tiefling Hedge Witch 6/Archmage 1 | AC 15, T 12, FF 13 | hp: 51/51 | F +5, R +6, W +8 (+2 against death effects) | CMD 15 | Init +6 | Perc +1 | darkvision 60ft | SM +1 | receiving healing: +2 hit points/die rolled | giving healing: +1 point

Here is what I put into the message. If Danua wants to change any of it or add anything, that's fine.

The Message:
Arthas,

Danua and I are scouting on an old roadway up on top of the canyon. The road eventually turns north along the riverbed. From our concealed position, we can see that the read is clear for about a hundred yards. However, there is wall from an old building over where one of the enemy companies is positioned. There is a mound of rubble, loose rock, shale, and old logs piled up behind the wall. A simple tug of a rope would make the wall collapse and bring all of it down into the riverbed. It would block the north pass and crush anyone who's below it. There are about a dozen tiefling cultists manning it. They are watching you on the plain below. Be careful.

- Voren


Male human paladin 5 LG Init +2; Senses +5, Aura courage (10 ft.) AC 23, touch 13, flat-footed 21 (+7 armor, +1 deflection, +2 Dex, +3 shield), hp 55 (5d10+10) Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +7 Immune disease, fear Speed 30 ft. (20 ft. in armor)

Arthas summons the Ranger Jokum to him in confidence.

"Jokum, Karthak, go out with a couple scouts and figure out where Voren and Danua are. If it was nothing they would have returned by now. Something is wrong---"

One of Arthas's guards presents him with the message arrow, "Message for you."

Arthas takes it and reads it.

"Karthak, here, read this."

He hands the dwarf the note.


Male Aasimar Ranger (Shapeshifter) 6/Champion 1;
Stats:
HP 63/63 | AC/T/FF: 18/13/15 | CMD 23 | F +7, R +8, W +3 (+2 vs. evil) | Init +3, Per +10 | Shifter's Blessing Left: 7/7 | MP: 4/5

Jokum is too polite to read over his general's shoulder--but Karthak is another matter. He stoops over the dwarf to read the message, then straightens up.

"A trap," he growls. "But perhaps one we could turn on the cultist, if we brought it under our control? I imagine that a small force--we ourselves, for example--can dispatch a dozen worthless tieflings." He chuckles darkly.


With Aravashnial's liberal use of the Message spell, it is a simple task to discuss plans and intentions between the command tent and the scouts (Voren and Danua) up on the cliffside.

What's the plan Stan?


Male Aasimar Ranger (Shapeshifter) 6/Champion 1;
Stats:
HP 63/63 | AC/T/FF: 18/13/15 | CMD 23 | F +7, R +8, W +3 (+2 vs. evil) | Init +3, Per +10 | Shifter's Blessing Left: 7/7 | MP: 4/5

"I can take three or four tief--cultists," Jokum says. "Shall we join you up there and secure the trap?"


Male Tiefling Hedge Witch 6/Archmage 1 | AC 15, T 12, FF 13 | hp: 51/51 | F +5, R +6, W +8 (+2 against death effects) | CMD 15 | Init +6 | Perc +1 | darkvision 60ft | SM +1 | receiving healing: +2 hit points/die rolled | giving healing: +1 point

Voren listens to Jokum's suggestion. He says, "Well, I just remembered something after sending the note. There's a drop off on the right of our current position. It had an overhang where the river had undercut it long ago. The two of us could climb under it and then move north, using it to conceal our movement. We could then get to point blank distance from the squad guarding the trap. Or we could try another plan and get north of them and approach them that way. It would be more comfortable for us and take them by surprise."


Male Aasimar Ranger (Shapeshifter) 6/Champion 1;
Stats:
HP 63/63 | AC/T/FF: 18/13/15 | CMD 23 | F +7, R +8, W +3 (+2 vs. evil) | Init +3, Per +10 | Shifter's Blessing Left: 7/7 | MP: 4/5

"If we can sneak up on them, so much the better," Jokum rumbles. "We'll most likely see victory, then!"


Male Tiefling Hedge Witch 6/Archmage 1 | AC 15, T 12, FF 13 | hp: 51/51 | F +5, R +6, W +8 (+2 against death effects) | CMD 15 | Init +6 | Perc +1 | darkvision 60ft | SM +1 | receiving healing: +2 hit points/die rolled | giving healing: +1 point

Voren nods as he hears Jokum. "Some of our more sneaky members could go that route, while the rest of us could try and attack the cultists when we have the chance. I could join the stealth team and lay down support by trying to use a web spell to trap the cultists before they pull the trap. Cast enlarge person on Jokum or someone. Curse them and blind them."


Male Dwarf Inquisitor 06 Guardian 01 HP 71/71 | AC 21 (23) T 12 FF 20 (22) | CMB +9 CMD 12 | F+10 R+5 W+10 | Init +4 | Perc +12

Karthak waits for the battle orders to be announced


Perception +9 Stealth +10 | Ini +4 | Darkvision 60ft AC 25, touch 20, flat-footed 15 | hp 64/64 | Fort +6, Ref +8, Will +6 Defensive Abilities canny defense; Resist cold 5, electricity 5, fire 5

Danua doesn't flinch at Jokum's words. In fact she encourages him. "Quit hesitating, their dark tieflings and they are the enemy. Lets kill them. So are we sneaking up on them then Voren?" She smiles playfully at that, the though of facing death making her heart beat faster. She fely useful for once as Whisper chided her. "Your an archer remember, you act like I was a blade or something..."


Male Tiefling Hedge Witch 6/Archmage 1 | AC 15, T 12, FF 13 | hp: 51/51 | F +5, R +6, W +8 (+2 against death effects) | CMD 15 | Init +6 | Perc +1 | darkvision 60ft | SM +1 | receiving healing: +2 hit points/die rolled | giving healing: +1 point

Voren looks at Danua. "We can do that. However, I may not be much use. I'm not the best at stealth. But, I will try my best."


Male Aasimar Ranger (Shapeshifter) 6/Champion 1;
Stats:
HP 63/63 | AC/T/FF: 18/13/15 | CMD 23 | F +7, R +8, W +3 (+2 vs. evil) | Init +3, Per +10 | Shifter's Blessing Left: 7/7 | MP: 4/5

Jokum nods. "Wait for us, then we'll all go together." He begins the climb as soon as Arthas gives permission.


SITUATION OVERVIEW

Retreating out of sight of the enemy to point A, Danua shoots a travel line down to your army and hauls back a climbing rope.
At this point you can move any personnel you want up to the trail or down to the army.

When ready, you move quietly to point B, around the corner from the enemy manning the trap. Here it is a Climb Check DC15 to climb down under the pathway to where the ancient waters undercut a shallow groove below the pathway.
It is fairly solid but narrow, DC15 Acrobatics check to traverse it as you move up to point C.
At this point you can make a surprise attack on the guards by making a terrifying climb check DC30 straight up the overhang, or you can continue on to point D and climb up to the pathway with a Climb Check DC15.


Male Aasimar Ranger (Shapeshifter) 6/Champion 1;
Stats:
HP 63/63 | AC/T/FF: 18/13/15 | CMD 23 | F +7, R +8, W +3 (+2 vs. evil) | Init +3, Per +10 | Shifter's Blessing Left: 7/7 | MP: 4/5

Jokum climbs up the rope and joins Danua and Voren at the top of the cliff, then silently takes point as they move toward the enemy position. When he gets to the pathway, he...

Climb DC 15: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (20) + 9 = 29

Easily makes his way down the ledge and continues down the groove, where...

Acrobatics DC 15: 1d20 + 3 - 1 ⇒ (10) + 3 - 1 = 12

...he staggers and slips, some small pebbles clattering down the cliff!

Add Mythic Surge: 1d6 ⇒ 1

Nope, still doesn't make it! I pause to see how bad this is. :P


Jokum: Reflex save DC10 to grab the lip of the shelf.


Male human paladin 5 LG Init +2; Senses +5, Aura courage (10 ft.) AC 23, touch 13, flat-footed 21 (+7 armor, +1 deflection, +2 Dex, +3 shield), hp 55 (5d10+10) Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +7 Immune disease, fear Speed 30 ft. (20 ft. in armor)

"My host is prepared, the Heavens will make things clear soon enough. Sir Aron, will you please lead us in the prayer before battle."


Male Aasimar Ranger (Shapeshifter) 6/Champion 1;
Stats:
HP 63/63 | AC/T/FF: 18/13/15 | CMD 23 | F +7, R +8, W +3 (+2 vs. evil) | Init +3, Per +10 | Shifter's Blessing Left: 7/7 | MP: 4/5

Reflex DC 10: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (8) + 8 = 16

Jokum manages to catch the lip of the cliff with a grunt. Carefully hauling himself back up, he grabs onto the wall of the cliff above. "Be careful," he grunts to the others. "It's narrow."


Male Tiefling Hedge Witch 6/Archmage 1 | AC 15, T 12, FF 13 | hp: 51/51 | F +5, R +6, W +8 (+2 against death effects) | CMD 15 | Init +6 | Perc +1 | darkvision 60ft | SM +1 | receiving healing: +2 hit points/die rolled | giving healing: +1 point

Voren nods at Jokum as he reaches the top of the cliff. He moves with Danua and Jokum to point B. He watches as Jokum moves down. Voren looks down at the old riverbed and gulps, nervous in his ability to climb down. Keeping an eye on the enemies, Voren tries to move down.

Climb DC 15: 1d20 ⇒ 1 Yeah. Surge isn't going to fix that.

Voren's fears are founded as he clumsily falls.

I don't know what that means here (if the cultists notice Voren stumbling around or if Voren takes damage). I'll hold off on the rolls until Camris says what happened.


Perception +9 Stealth +10 | Ini +4 | Darkvision 60ft AC 25, touch 20, flat-footed 15 | hp 64/64 | Fort +6, Ref +8, Will +6 Defensive Abilities canny defense; Resist cold 5, electricity 5, fire 5

After their earlier climb Danua follows Jokum and Voren, more concerned with Voren over the brawny Aasimar. When she sees Jokum have issues climbing she waits at the edge, ready to lend assistance. She doesn't hesitate the second Voren slips to reach out and grab him, risking a chance to be pulled over into a fall as well...

Melee Touch Attack to catch Voren: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (18) + 5 = 23
Climb check to catch Voren +Surge vs DC 10+10+?: 1d20 + 5 + 1d6 ⇒ (19) + 5 + (2) = 26
Stealth+ surge if possible: 1d20 + 1d6 + 10 ⇒ (2) + (6) + 10 = 18

Her lunge to grab Voren wasn't exactly quiet and she tried to use her mythic power to muffle her movements. Hopefully after she helps him bacl up against the cliff she slips over the edge and goes to join the others.

Climb for Danua: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (20) + 5 = 25

Let me know if this worked to help Voren avoid a fall


When the heroes started to climb down to the underhang, Jokum slipped and almost fell, but he grabbed the lip of the underhang and climbed back up.
Voren was not so lucky.
When he slipped, he windmilled wildly and would have been catapulted to the jagged riverbed far below if Danua had not lunged out and grabbed his ankle while holding on to the rope as well.
In perfect silence she hauled both of them back up to the underhang with the others.


Carefully the party walked the narrow underhang, where ages of river flooding eroded a curved shelf under a layer of harder rock overhead.
Eventually, you are able to look down on the enemy unit below; all of them seeming to be oblivious of your presence, all eyes looking towards the valley where your army awaited the signal to enter.
You have arrived at point C.
It is at this time you need to decide to climb straight up over the underhang, up a smooth face of rock and over the rubble trap itself to attack the crew by surprise (Climb check DC30), or to take the safer route North fifty yards to point D and climb up in a place with more handholds (Climb check DC15) and attack down the trail there.

Rough Overview.

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